A few years ago, the Harry Nile radio drama series was broadcast on a local radio station. I was very disappointed when that station stopped broadcasing the show. I was delighted when I found the series available on CD, and now on Kindle.
This is a modern version of the type of radio drama that was broadcast in the days before television became popular. I listened to classic radio shows as a child and still enjoy them today.
Each show is about 20 minutes long. The plots are intriguing and the characters likable.
The main character of this series is Nell Pratt. She is president of a museum in Philadelphia. She is a career woman, probably in her 30;s or 40's. She's smart and logical. These stories are not action packed. Certain parts of the plot are predictable. But I find I enjoy reading about Nell's life. If I met someone like Nell, I'd want to be friends with her.
There is the beginning of a romantic relationship in this book. It is a part of the story, but not the main theme of the story.
There are more books in this series. If they don't become available at Audio, I will read the books.
There is no graphic violence or sex.
I have listened to eight of the Jemma James/Duncan Kincaid books and I've loved every one of them!
The characters are well defined and interesting. The locations are described in a way that I am able to picture them in my mind. The mysteries are complex. These are books that I could listen to in one sitting. However, I try not to do that because I don't want them to end.
There is a personal relationship between Duncan and Jemma, but these are not romance stories disguised as mysteries. Their relationship is imperfect (as is often the case in real life). However, they deal with their problems in a mature and loving way,
I love Michael Deehy's narration. As I listen it is always clear to me who is speaking and what is going on and I almost forget there is a "narrator". To me that is excellent narration.
I've read a number of books in this series. I love the Jessica Fletcher character. In this series entry Jessica is back in Cabot Cove and it seemed a little boring to me. The only new characters introduced are the owners of two new restaurants and they didn't seem very interesting or likable to me.
This book runs almost two hours longer than the other audio books I have in this series. I think the story might have been better if it were shorter.
The Murder She Write stories I've enjoyed most have taken place on Jessica's travels. I think she needs to get back on the road.
Sandra Burr is a new narrator. By the end of two chapters I had completely adjusted to here voice. She does a fine job.
I am pleased to have a new title available on Audible and I hope there will be more.
This book deals with a difficult period in the life of Alan Cumming. It is the story of how he came to terms with issues that had troubled him since childhood.
I usually don't seek out books like this. However, I like Alan Cumming as an actor and this title was on my "wish list." When it popped up as a "Deal of the Day", I purchased it. I'm glad I did.
In this book, Cumming relates shocking stories of childhood incidents that haunted him into his adult life. He also discusses the actions he took to come to grips with his emotional pain. He uses a "then" and "now" approach to tell the story. I liked this style very much. I might not have finished this book if it had been page after page of childhood misery
Hearing Alan Cumming tell this story in his own voice made this book very special for me. I love the tone of his voice and his Scottish accent. This book had an emotional impact on me that I don't believe would have occurred had I read it.
Understand this is not a light hearted story. It is a heartfelt story, made more impactful by the narration of the author.
I enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting and likable. The small town setting is pleasant. The mystery element is good. There are touches of humor that caused me chuckle out loud as I listened.
The only thing that didn't appeal to me was a protagonist who decided she had to solve the murder herself. In the process she ended up in mortal danger. Based on the tone of the book I expected she would be rescued, and she was. This is a common thing is many mysteries and it annoys me.
This is a good choice for an "easy listen" cozy.
I purchased this book because I have enjoyed watching the TV version on PBS.
The description of the conditions in some of the stories is heartbreaking. Sometimes I would set the book aside for weeks or months at a time because it was so troubling to me to read about the situations. The book is structured in an episodic manner, so it was easy to pick up the story where I'd left off, even if it had been many weeks.
I'm glad I finally finished the book. It ends on a hopeful and positive note. There are even some episodes that are laugh out loud funny.
Jennifer Worth has done an excellent job of making the characters and locations come to life in her descriptions. My mental images may have been enhanced by watching the TV show.
By choice I do not have children. Even so, I found this book compelling and enjoyable.
Nicola Barber's narration is superb.
I like cats. However, it seems to me that many cozy mystery series feature a protagonist who has cats. I read and enjoy some of those series. However, it is refreshing to find a series in which the protagonist does not have cats.
Nell Pratt has recently been promoted to Director of a museum in Philadelphia. I like Nell.
And I find her work, as described in this book, interesting. This is the second book of this series. The action picks up a month or two after the events in the first book. The "back story" is briefly explained in the second book. I believe a reader could enjoy this book without reading the first one.
The pace of this book is moderate. The mystery is not especially complex. What I enjoy about this book is the day to day events of Nell's life. Two unique new characters are introduced; I believe they will add interest in future books.
This is an easy going book with no graphic sex, violence or language. I don't find it as compelling as some of my favorite authors. However, I plan to read the next entry in the series because I look forward to more time with Nell.
This book has a complex plot that held some surprises for me. As the story progessed I found myself guessing how it would end . . . and I was wrong. Though I am not an opera fan, I found the parts of the book that dealt with opera to be interesting. There are many characters, all of whom I found interesting, even the ones who weren't very admirable.
There are murders in this book. However, there is no explicit violence.
This is a fascinating story made superb by the narration of Cary Elwes. He's simply amazing.
I don't remember if I first saw this movie in a theater or as a video. I do remember that I enjoyed it very much. The next time I see the film I feel certain I will enjoy it even more.
As I listened I was able to visualize the scenes, feeling as though I were there. There was never a dull moment.
If you've seen the movie and liked it even a little, I believe you will enjoy this book. Even if you haven't seen the movie, this book is entertaining and interesting.
Main character Riley Spartz is fiesty. She's also driven, smart and vulnerable. She is never boring. I like her,
This is a good mystery with a plot that had some surprising twists for me. Author Julie Kramer was a TV news reporter in the area where I live. I believe there is truth in what she writes about the way things work in local TV news.
I've read all of Julie Kramer's Riley Spartz books and never been disappointed with them. If you are looking for an entertaining mystery this is a good bet.
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